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Pedestrian Hit, Killed Near Montoursville

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP -- A man crossing a road in Lycoming County was hit and killed early Thursday morning.

State police say Cheney Orwig, 29, from Montoursville, was dropped off at a bus stop near his work. It was still dark when he went to cross the road and was hit and killed.

Almost every morning, the bus stops at the corner of Fairfield Road and Lycoming Mall Drive near Montoursville. A handful of riders get off, cross the road, and go to work.

This morning was different.

Troopers say just before 7 a.m., Cheney Orwig was hit and killed along the road in Fairfield Township.

"The guy come through here, flying is what it was, I mean I don't know exactly how fast he was running but he was flying, and he ran over top of him," said one bus passenger who crossed the road almost every day with the victim.

"He went to cross and we heard a loud bang and we looked across the street and he was laying on the bank."

Orwig was walking to Unique Industries, a company that makes party plates and napkins where he has worked for a few years.

Troopers say after he was struck, the pickup truck that hit Orwig took off

"And then when we went over to look at him to help him, help the guy that had been hit, that same vehicle came back. He sat across the road and looked at us and he pulled off and left."

State police say about an hour later after the road was blocked off and state police were there investigating, the driver, a 69-year-old man from Muncy, came back a third time. This time he told state police what he did.

Troopers tell us at this point, they believe the pedestrian was at fault, but time of day and speed may be factors.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken in for questioning but has been released. There is no word on if charges will be filed.

 

13 comments

  • Christina C

    Umm…The pedestrian was at fault, yet the driver took off twice? I understand he was probably in shock himself, but you don’t just hit someone, send them flying and kill them, take off and then come back 2 times? Thankfully he essentially turned himself in.

    • Relene Miller

      Christina, there are two separate issues going on here. Fault of the driver to not stop is one issue. Fault of the victim to not look, is another. But, as drivers, we are to stop immediately, not when we determine when to come back. The PA Code statue reads, “immediately.”

  • JessicaInWilliamsport

    Nice how people can post under your name around here. I didn’t post that comment that is attributed to me. As for this story, it’s tragic. Drivers need to be more attentive. Are there PedX signs there? If not there should be. Perhaps there needs to be a light if this is an area where people regularly cross the road to get to work.

  • Relene Miller

    Is no one addressing the simple plain fact that regardless of the pedestrian not looking both ways, the law reads that you “don’t hit and run” simple as that…….

    • Relene Miller

      To be more specific according to law:

      Accidents involving death or personal injury.
      (a) General rule.–The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death of any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident until he has fulfilled the requirements of section 3744 (relating to duty to give information and render aid). Every stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
      (b) Penalties.–
      (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person violating this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.
      (2) If the victim suffers serious bodily injury, any person violating subsection (a) commits a felony of the third degree, and the sentencing court shall order the person to serve a minimum term of imprisonment of not less than 90 days and a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000, notwithstanding any other provision of law.
      (3) (i) If the victim dies, any person violating subsection (a) commits a felony of the second degree, and the sentencing court shall order the person to serve a minimum term of imprisonment of not less than three years and a mandatory minimum fine of $2,500, notwithstanding any other provision of law.
      (ii) In addition to the minimum term of imprisonment provided for in subparagraph (i), the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing shall provide within its guidelines a sentencing enhancement if the victim dies as the result of a violation of subsection (a). The provisions of this subparagraph shall not be an element of the crime, and notice of the provisions of this subparagraph shall not be required prior to conviction, but reasonable notice of the Commonwealth’s intention to proceed under this subparagraph shall be provided after conviction and before sentencing.
      (c) Authority of sentencing court.–There shall be no authority in any court to impose on an offender to which this section is applicable any lesser sentence than provided for in subsection (b)(2) or (3) or to place such offender on probation or to suspend sentence. Sentencing guidelines promulgated by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing shall not supersede the mandatory sentences provided in this section.

  • Back to ?

    There is a little hump in the road there and I can see where someone would look both ways and proceed to cross and someone speeding could get you but then again you shouldn’t be taking your eyes off that blind spot!

  • James C. Walker

    Every fatality is a tragedy that should have been prevented. That said, crossing a road when traffic is coming puts the pedestrian at least equally at fault. My parents taught me to look both ways, then look again, before crossing. The advice served me well in safely crossing a main 4 lane commuting road to get to my elementary school for many years.
    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

    • Relene Miller

      Mr. Walker, while your advice and comment bears truth, every person who drives a vehicle should have their vehicle under control. An argument could be made that the vehicle was going too fast and speed obviously factors in an investigation. Pa Code Law does not provide for and reason to leave the scene of an accident, period. I once hit a pedestrian, and stopped my vehicle within one hundred feet of the hit. Actually, the individual would have been charged, but he was mentally challenged and they did not hold him responsible. Neither was I charged because he literally walked into my vehicle. There is absolutely no excuse for not stopping, period. That the person was 69 years of age who hit this young man may have weighed into why he was not immediately charged. The investigation is ongoing and I will hold my further comments until then. But PA Code is rather self explanatory. Leaving the scene didn’t happen just once, but twice.

  • Athens

    Regardless of reporting or who was in the wrong, what a terrible way to go. A cold dark morning with pain is the last experience this guy had when he was just trying to make a paycheck.

  • Joe

    So the cops said the pedestrian was likely at fault, but you put a guy on said the vehicle was flying? Then that same guy said he had no idea how fast the vehicle was going. Does this make sense to you? If you are standing near a road, it looks like ALL vehicles are moving quickly. It is your point of reference. Nobody knows ANYTHING until the investigation is over. Even if the vehicle was over the speed limit, maybe the limit is too low there?

    Pedestrians and bicyclists are at fault many times in crashes.

  • Get a Life

    Charges should be filed, he left the scene…
    As for you Poo Poo… if you hate PA so much, then leave. Tired of your trolling PA bashing BS.

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